Midwife Benefits for Mothers and Babies

by , 07/29/11

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One of the best ways to insure that you have a safe and healthy pregnancy and birth experience is to have a midwife as your prenatal care provider and birth attendant instead of a doctor. In fact, study after study points out that midwives are considered safe health care providers for almost all low-risk pregnancies. The American Pregnancy Association points out that a full 60% to 80% of all pregnancies are low risk. So, there’s a very good chance your own pregnancy is low-risk and that means your pregnancy care provider of choice may very well be a midwife. Read on to learn about some of the many benefits midwife care can offer.

One of the largest midwifery studies to date was completed by Peter Schlenzka, and for this study Schlenzka reviewed over 800,000 births and found that there are simply no advantages of an obstetric hospital approach to labor and birth when compared to a nurse-midwife approach to labor and birth. The research applies to both hospital births and home births, meaning, midwife led births are safe both inside or outside of the hospital. Overall, Schlenzka’s research shows that women who use a nurse-midwife vs a traditional OB may reap the following benefits:

  • Overall lower maternity care costs.
  • Reduced mortality and morbidity related to cesarean and other birth interventions.
  • Lower labor and birth intervention rates.
  • Fewer birth recovery complications for mothers.

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